My favorite standalones

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There was a time when I really craved some good standalone books, but I found it difficult to search for recommendations. I didn’t want to start a series when I started to read books in English besides Hungarian. Fortunately I found some great one part books that have great adventures in them.

So I thought in this blog post, I will share with you my favorite books. These stories, listed below, are perfect one sitting books if you want to finish a good read in just a day.

There is no particular order, just the list of the books of every genre, every length, every theme. I hope you find your next read here!

Invictus by Ryan Graudin

About: Son of a time traveler and an ancient gladiator, starts to rob the history for valuable items, finds out the truth about his birth which seems like an impossible thing.

My notes: I’ve asked the opinion of others who also read the book and I found really different opinions about it. I enjoyed this book a lot and in my opinion the plot twists and everything genius. It was so engaging for me.

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Coraline by Neil Gaiman

About: Little girl moves into knew house and she discovers another world, where everything seems wonderful, but they actually want to steal her soul.

My notes: This was the perfect Halloween read for me. When I’ve read Caroline I wasn’t sure whether or not I’m into horror. I wanted to start with something casual, and this book was perfect for that. It’s not that creepy that it’ll give you chill, but definitely grotesque.

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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheeps? by Philip K. Dick

About: In a distopic world, where androids and humans live together, a bounty hunter goes for a quest to take out devient androids, who act like as they were alive.

My notes: It’s an adventurous story with a great social dilemma. If a machine is starting to have feelings, consciousness and starts to act exactly like a human, is it a reason to kill it? Can we call that a creature instead of a robot?

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Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

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About: A girl is allergic to the world so she spends her whole life inside, but falls in love with the boy next door and suddenly she wants more than the four walls around her.

My notes: This was a cute story my heart needed at the time I’ve read it. There is even a plot twist waiting for you!

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Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

About: A young women in the present, who discovers a dark secret from her families history, and a little girl in the past who’s family is torn apart by an illegal orphans house where they are actually stealing and selling children.

My notes: This book was an emotional roller coaster and I was unable to put it down even for a second. I was interested in the story all the way through and while it was really sad a times, we also got some laugh and lovely scenes.

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Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

About: They do an experience on a guy to raise his really low IQ and he turns into the smartest person in his surrounding, but that comes with a lot of difficulty until the point where he rather wants to be stupid, but happy again.

My notes: Now this one is an emotinally hard read, but a great one. I absolutely loved it, I’ve read the whole thing in one day and it’s definitely one of my favorites.

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The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe

About: A teenage girl was a fraud with her mother from a very young age. She had to impersonate her fake identitites for as long as she knew, but decided to run away to her sister. But when she goes to the bank with her new friends a robbery happens and her dark past is catching up again.

My notes: I found this book accidentally in a small town’s little bookshop and I loved the synopsis so much I had to buy it. I will never regret it.

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Catwomen by Shara J. Maas

About: Selina Kyle has to take care of her little sister by participating in illegal street fights to earn money, until they arrest her, but a dangerous women finds Selina and trains her to be a deadly weapon that will be able to make Gotham city kneel.

My notes: This was the first book I’ve read from Maas so far and I know this counts as her “weaker” works, so I can’t wait to read her other books. I’ve read this book when I was really into the DC universe with my partner so I was fan girling around all the was. We were watching DC movies and playing DC games so this just added to the fun.

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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

About: The wealthy Sinclair family spends all of their summers on a private island, where a group of teenage friends meet every year, but when the grandma dies and the family starts to argue about the heritage the teens decide it’s time to end this, but nothing goes as planned.

My notes: I know this book is hyped on bookstagram and a lot of people doesn’t like it. I was 12 years old at the time I’ve read it and I remember it had a huge impact on me. I’ve decided that I will reread it this year even though I’m not a rereader.

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The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

About: An ex-agent, who worked for the U.S. government in a place so secret is didn’t even have a name, is now on the run, but she has to take on more case in the hope for clearing her name and living in peace finally. Only she would know that this new case is only a trick, and she finds fellow mates to go against the government together.

My notes: I know Stephenie Meyer’s name can bring some prejudices, but this book was so intense from start to finish, where I was just unable to put it down. Something happened on every other page.

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So these were my favorite standalones so far! As you can see I like to read in all kinds of genres. I might do a second part of this in the future, but only after I’ve read more standalones. 

Did you read any of these? Which one did you like and which one not? Can you recommend me standalones?

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